Being 18 in 2018, marine litter, and ‘fake news’ – New Official Publications 17.09.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

The European Union

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‘Fake news: What Think Tanks are thinking’. “This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports published by international think tanks on ‘fake news’ and broader related issues.”

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain – Legal context and implications for financial crime, money laundering and tax evasion – Study. “More and more regulators are worrying about criminals who are increasingly using cryptocurrencies for illegitimate activities like money laundering, terrorist financing and tax evasion. This paper elaborates on this phenomenon from a legal perspective, focusing on the use of cryptocurrencies for financial crime, money laundering and tax evasion. It contains policy recommendations for future EU standards.”

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Parliamentary monitor from the Institute for Government

Parliamentary Monitor is a new Institute for Government project taking a data-driven look at the work of Parliament to improve effectiveness of government. It examines the resources involved in running the Houses of Parliament, how legislation is passed, and how government is scrutinized. This is the first of an annual series.

You can also read a summary of this work.

 

 

The Inclusion Project: Human Rights dilemmas in the negotiation of Peace Agreements and Human Rights

The Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh is holding a free event to celebrate the launch of the new PA-X Peace Agreement Database on the occasion of the Association of Human Rights Conference Edinburgh.

The Inclusion Project: Peace Agreements, Inclusion and Human Rights, Professor Christine Bell, Programme Director, Political Settlement Research Programme (www.politicalsettlements.org; www.peaceagreements.org)

Booking and more details via Eventbrite

Thu 6 September 2018

17:00 – 18:00 BST

North Sea oil, e-cigarettes and humanism – New Official Publications 28.08.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

The European Union

General view of the Plenary chamber in Brussels – PHS Hemicycle – Plenary session week 46 2014

Research study into provision for recreation and leisure in areas affected by oil-related industry in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.The discovery of oil and gas under the North Sea has proved to be the most important single event in Scotland’s post-war economic history. In such circumstances of rapid economic and social change it is clear that if the communities in the areas affected are to reap the potential benefits of oil-related developments without dislocation of their distinctive patterns of life, they must match the encouragement of industrial development with the conservation and adaptation of their social fabric.”
The Future of the European Defence Agency (EDA): In-depth analysis. “The aim of the workshop, held on 22 November 2017, was to discuss…

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Animal Sentience, Bathing Water Quality, and the Sale of Student Loans – New Official Publications 13.08.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

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Voting age – “Under current legislation, a person must be 18 or over to vote in elections to the UK Parliament. This Note gives details of calls for a change in the law to reduce the voting age to 16 in recent years.”

Animal Sentience and Brexit – “The Government is reviewing the recognition of animal sentience and the need for UK legislation after Brexit. It has also announced it will legislate to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences.

The EU Withdrawal Act 2008 did not include provision to transfer the principle contained in Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty recognising animals as sentient beings into UK legislation. This raised concerns amongst animal welfare campaigners as UK law, under…

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Festival of Politics 10-13 October 2018

On Wednesday 10 October, Conservative grandee Lord Heseltine will open the Festival with an “in conversation”-style event with Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh.  He will talk about his life serving in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major as well as his current political views on issues such as Brexit. The Festival will also feature best-selling author and academic Professor Mary Beard. Professor Beard will feature on day four of the Festival talking about her book Woman and Power as well as the BBC Civilisations series which she co-wrote and presented.
Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Ben Okri, social commentator and Orwell Prize-winner Darren McGarvey aka Loki, and historian Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine OBE will also appear. Book you tickets now.

Scottish Government’s new website going live in Sept 2018

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The Scottish Government plan to transition their website from Beta in September. If you have been using the Beta site to search  for publications recently you might be a little perplexed by their choice of tagging.  Under the publications tab, for example, the word publication is used in many different contexts. Items with ISBNs appear to be filed under Corporate reports,  however if you use an ISBN in the search box it comes back as item not found.

Please be aware that none of these issues will  be looked at until after the site transitions in September.

The Product Manager of gov.scot has a collated list of all  SWOP members’ comments and we look forward to working with this team to improve the functionality of the Publications section of the new site going forward.

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Stalking, Blockchain, and Smoking Habits – New Official Publications 17.07.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0. Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

The Contribution of Non-UK EU Workers in the Social Care Workforce in Scotland  – “An assessment of the Contribution of EU Workers in the Social Care Workforce in Scotland which 1) provides robust estimates of the number of non-UK EU workers in specified adult social care and childcare sub-sectors (adult day care, care at home, day care of children, childminding, housing support, and nurse agencies). 2) provides insights into the specific roles and contributions of those workers from the perspective of both employers and non-UK EU workers.”

Clinical Review of the Impacts of Hepatitis C: Short Life Working Group Report. – “An independent clinical review, which assesses the impacts of chronic hepatitis C infection on the health and wellbeing of individuals

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UK Arms Exports, European Historical Memory, and the Iran Nuclear Deal – New Official Publications 21.05.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

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Libya: the consequences of a failed state – “Libya is without doubt a fragile state and efforts to rebuild it are complicated by Libyan divisions and interventions from outside.

Since the overthrow of Colonel Gadaffi in 2011, Libya has joined a long list of “failed” or “fragile” states around the world, that is, states riven by internal dissent and without effective national government. In the case of Libya there have been rival governments based in Tripoli and Tobruk for several years, while a large part of the country is controlled by neither.

An introduction to UK arms exports – “A short introduction to UK arms exports. This Commons Library paper explains what arms exports are, what controls are in place…

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Brexit discussion event in Aberdeen

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An event, entitled Brexit: Scotland, the UK and EU27: Key Issues, organised by the Scottish Centre on European Relations takes place in Aberdeen at the Central Library on May 23rd.  Organised with the support of the European Commission in Scotland the panel will consider how, with less than a year to go, the Brexit talks are developing and the implications this has for Scotland.  There will be time for questions and answers.

The Speakers are:

Prof Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen

Liam Smyth, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Dr Craig McAngus, University of the West of Scotland

and the Chair is:

Dr Kirsty Hughes, Scottish Centre on European Relations

The event, which starts at 6.00pm on May23rd is free but you need to register in advance.

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Betting terminals, data ownership and mackerel – New Official Publications 08.05.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

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Fixed odds betting terminals “are electronic machines, sited in betting shops, which contain a variety of games, including roulette. The Gambling Act 2005 regulates gambling in Great Britain. Critics point out that it is possible to lose large amounts of money and claim that the machines have a causal role in problem gambling. The gambling industry says there is no evidence of a causal link with problem gambling.”

Interim Report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. “The Interim Report sets out what the Chair and Panel consider to be the key emerging themes from the Inquiry’s work to date and includes recommendations for specific changes which will better protect children from sexual abuse.”

The Microbiome and Human Health

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Avoidable Mortality, Realistic Medicine, and the Future of Europe – New Official Publications 23.04.18

University of Glasgow Library

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

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Surgical mesh implants – “Mesh implants may be used in a number of surgical procedures to provide additional support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue. Over recent years attention has increased on what are thought to be infrequent but sometimes serious complications that may be associated with the use of this mesh in uro-gynaecological procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.”

Parliamentary approval for military action – “The deployment of the Armed Forces is currently a prerogative power. Parliament has no legally established role and the Government is under no legal obligation with respect to its conduct. In 2011 the Government acknowledged that a convention had emerged whereby the House of Commons would have the opportunity to debate the…

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The EU Open Data Portal

EDC Information Update

Do you need to find and reuse EU Data for your research?

The EU Open Data Portal  is free and offers a single point of access to a wide range of data held by EU Institutions and bodies. Generally you can reuse the data free of charge, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, provided you acknowledge the source.

One of the advantages of this portal is that it enables you to link data from various sources automatically that can then be used in a new and creative way.

So to find out more about searching, reusing and linking EU data have a look at a new guide entitled Discover the EU Open Data Portal or check out this short tutorial.

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Brexit Roundup: Where Are We Heading?

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This is the latest    report from the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER)  a new independent and unaligned EU think tank, based in Edinburgh, that will inform, debate and provide up-to-the-minute, high-quality research and analysis of European Union developments and challenges, with a particular focus on Scotland’s EU interests and policies. This report covers topics from environment to devolution to trade to independence, it charts a rocky path ahead to any possible Brexit deal in the autumn – and the crucial question of whether such a deal will pass in Wesminster or face a further referendum vote on accepting it.

Government Information Group (GIG) Bursaries – CILIP Conference 2018

 Want to go to the 2018 CILIP Conference? Our bursary call is now OPEN!

Also remember nominations for our GIG Annual Award and Lifetime Achievement Awards are NOW OPEN. Find out more on our GIG Awards page. The closing date for nominations is 31st May 2018.

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The CILIP Conference is returning to Brighton this July with a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, thought provoking seminars and essential workshops. Meet like-minded colleagues and make new connections for two days of knowledge sharing, discussion, debate and networking opportunities. The conference aims to leave you feeling inspired and passionate about the work that we do as professionals. To keep up to date on conference developments, follow @CILIPConf18 and #CILIPConf18 and visit the website cilipconference.org.uk. You can also register for the conference. Don’t worry – if you receive a bursary place, CILIP will refund you.

The Government Information Group (GIG) is delighted to be able to offer two bursary places to its members for attendance at the conference:

• the first bursary is offered by CILIP in recognition of GIG’s involvement with the conference;

• the second is being funded by GIG itself.

We particularly welcome applications from GIG members who have not previously attended the conference.

Find out more and apply.

Applications close on Friday 13 April.

 

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